Woman accused of allowing 2-year-old to drink methamphetamine-laced tea charged with child endangerment

A woman accused of allowing her 2-year-old granddaughter to drink a cup of tea laced with methamphetamine was charged today with child endangerment and possession of illegal drugs.

Cynthia Ann Watson, 51, was arrested Monday after Riverside County sheriff’s deputies learned her grandchild had gone into medical distress from consuming meth, according to Sgt. Craig McDonald.

Watson, who is jailed on $35,000 bail, was slated to make her initial court appearance this afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

According to McDonald, deputies were called around 10 a.m. Monday to a residence in the 31000 block of Pine Street in Garner Valley, about 10 miles east of Hemet, to investigate reports of possible child abuse.

McDonald said the resident told the deputies she had taken her 2-year-old daughter to a hospital after the youngster refused to go to sleep the previous night and “was talking rapidly, scratching her skin … and very agitated.”

The child’s blood was drawn at the hospital, and lab results showed she had meth in her system, according to the sergeant.

“Through the course of the investigation, deputies discovered that the child’s grandmother (Watson), who is from Aloha, Oregon, was staying at the Pine Street address … and had made a cup of tea the night before and placed

methamphetamine in the tea to get herself high,” McDonald alleged.

He said the unfinished cup was left on a kitchen counter, where the child apparently picked it up and drank some of it.

Watson was arrested without incident at the residence.

The tot was treated and released from the hospital. She’s expected to be fine, McDonald said.

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